Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
I have called you to come to me. You have given yourself to me. I am your Savior and Lord. You have been following me to where I have been leading you. You have been doing all that I ask of you. You have given yourself fully to my service. It has been my joy to follow and serve you. My love for you motivates my heart. I want to go where you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. It is no sacrifice for me to live my life fully for you. Knowing and doing your will is the desire of my heart. You have set me on fire. I am filled with passion to accomplish your purposes and fulfil your plans. That is very good.
The road ahead will not be easy. You will face difficulties. You will encounter challenges. You will be tested. Don’t grow weary. Don’t become faint. Don’t get discouraged. Keep your eyes on me. Keep on following me to where I lead you. Keep on doing all that I ask you. I will strengthen you. I will encourage you. I will revive and refresh and restore your soul as you keep on following me. Hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will hold on to you. I will rely on you for all that I need. I will trust you. I will not give up. I will not retreat. I will hold nothing in reserve. I will lose myself in your service. I will have no regrets. No, you will not.
I will use you. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will shine brightly in the darkness of this world. One day we will look back over your life together. You will hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” You will know that I have used you to accomplish my purposes. You will know that you have fulfilled my plans because you will have loved and followed and served me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. I need or want nothing more than that. I am at your service. Here I am, lead me and I will follow you. Yes, you will.
Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my joy to go where you guide me to do whatever you ask of me. I will take up my cross daily so that I can follow and serve you. Use me for your purposes. Help me to accomplish your plans. Amen
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